This is a tutorial for a cross-stitched pride-flag patch in a simple stripe design. Please first read the Beginner’s Guide at Red Gate Stitchery if you’re unfamiliar with cross stitch, as this tutorial is about the construction of the patches, not a comprehensive guide to cross stitch itself.
You’ll also need to know how to sew a blanket stitch or over/whip stitch. Either works, as long as you can keep each new stitch close beside the previous one. Red Ted Art has a series of videos on basic hand stitches, including over stitch and blanket stitch. My preference is for blanket stitch, as I like to sew through the knots at the top of each stitch when attaching the patch to my bag.
I recommend practising either blanket or whip stitch on the edges of scrap fabric before starting your first patch.
It should be noted that I am Australian, all items come from Australian vendors, and all prices cited are in AUD. Mentioned products may not be available in your region.
- Embroidery floss in the colours of your chosen flag
- Embroidery floss in an additional matching or contrasting colour for the patch’s border
- Aida fabric (11-count or 14-count is best)
- Scissors (I use small embroidery scissors for trimming thread and a larger pair for cutting the aida)
- Blunt-ended tapestry needle
- Sharp-ended embroidery needle
Optional but Recommended:
- Stitch ripper (for unpicking the inevitable mistakes)
- Small crochet hook (I use a 1.5 mm hook from the dollar shop)
- Fray Check or clear nail polish for coating edges, especially if your aida is prone to fraying (not pictured)